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Gripping down on irons and hybrids to close gaps

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Do you find consistant shots when gripping down or do you lose more distance or make a crappier swing trying not to over power
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I've never been a big fan of gripping down for my own game, just because I don't like the feeling. I can see how it would work for others, though.
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I am not consistent enough with my swing to make this work. Many times I grip down, swing shorter, and the ball flies FURTHER. If I want to take a bit off, I open stance a bit, and try to add some loft to the club.
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Lose distance.. so I do it all the time. Or you can be more aggressive and try to flight the ball higher or lower...
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It's something you have to practice. And, it will work better on some clubs than others.

Also, the grip thickness can influence how well the "grip down" works. When I had my wedges regripped this winter, I had the fitter put an extra two wraps of tape under the bottom 4" of the grip (under low hand). This keeps the grip thicker for when you grip down, so you have more even grip pressure. (This is a tip from the GolfWorks crew. It's been around for years, and is becoming popular again).

Along this line, Edel Golf has extra-long grips available for its wedges. This allows you to "grip down" and not have to grip shaft metal. http://edelgolf.com/

For full iron shots, grip down is maybe about a half inch. If I'm between clubs, this allows me to shave a few yards off the longer club. (I only worry about this when I'm swinging well. On bad days, it doesn't help... )

It's more effective trying to shave yards off of partial wedge shots.

Golf tip from last summer: On fairway woods, hold at full length when hitting off a tee, but grip down an inch for better control off the fairway.

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